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Cards' Flaherty can state case for Cy Young vs. D-backs

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St. Louis Cardinals at Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. The Cardinals took two of three from the Diamondbacks in St. Louis coming out of the All-Star break and are 12-5 in Arizona since 2014. The Cards are 4-0-1 in their last five series at Phoenix, the franchise's longest stretch without losing a series in Arizona.
  2. St. Louis is coming off a four-game sweep at Wrigley Field, its first there since May 1921. The Cardinals won each game by one run, the first time they won all four games of a series by a single run since September 9-11, 1945 against the New York Giants.
  3. Paul Goldschmidt will play his first games in Arizona as a visitor. The Diamondbacks franchise's all-time leader in walks, Goldschmidt leads the majors with 20 base on balls in 21 games this month after drawing just 16 walks in 52 games in July and August combined.
  4. Adam Wainwright has won all four of his September starts behind a 0.33 ERA -- the lowest by any pitcher this month with a minimum of 20 innings. He tossed seven shutout innings against the Diamondbacks back in July, and is 3-0 with a 0.45 ERA in three starts against NL West teams this season.
  5. The Diamondbacks have the majors' third-worst OPS this month at .664 after entering September with a .773 OPS. Nick Ahmed has a .682 OPS with five RBI in 18 September games after posting a .897 OPS with 23 RBI in August.
  6. Eduardo Escobar, Arizona's leader with 35 home runs, hit his 29th double of the season Saturday. He is now a double away from joining Mark Reynolds in 2009 and Matt Williams in 1999 as the only Arizona third basemen with at least 35 homers and 30 doubles in a season.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/23/2019 thru 9/25/2019

Don't look now, but St. Louis right-hander Jack Flaherty has interjected himself into the National League Cy Young conversation.

Since July 7, Flaherty has been nothing short of an ace.

Flaherty, who is scheduled to oppose Arizona right-hander Mike Leake in the second game of a three-game series in Phoenix on Tuesday, is 6-3 with a 1.07 ERA in 14 starts, a stretch that began with a 1-0 loss at San Francisco on July 7, when he gave up one run and two hits in seven innings.

Flaherty (10-8, 2.96 ERA) has 113 strikeouts against 21 walks in 92 1/3 innings in that span, holding opponents to a .148 batting average. He has given up more than two runs only once in the run, as the Cardinals have pulled away to a 3 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central with their 9-7 victory in the series opener Monday.

While the Cardinals have clinched a postseason berth, Monday's loss eliminated Arizona from playoff contention.

"It's not like (Flaherty) found a pitch or did anything too dramatic," St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said.

"He's been able to put everything together consistently. This guy has had success in this league prior. (It's) just the consistency of a couple of things. His in-between start effort is tremendous. His preparation is outstanding. His attention to detail is very mature. Then it is just about going out and executing his pitches, controlling counts."

Flaherty's season record is more a reflection of his run support than his stuff. He has been given an average of just over four runs a game, and his last three losses have come in games in which he gave up one, two and three earned runs.

He has taken the next step after his first full season in 2018, when he was 8-9 with a 3.34 ERA and 182 strikeouts in 151 innings.

"This is a league that can adjust to you," Shildt said. "There are no secrets out there. To Jack's credit, he has been able to grow from his own experience and other people's experiences and has evolved to be able understand how to use his stuff. Understanding situations and not making situations bigger than they are. Just making pitches."

Flaherty is 0-1 in one career start against Arizona, losing a 4-2 decision in Phoenix last season, but he will have the culprit that night on his side this time. Paul Goldschmidt's three-run homer in the fifth inning was the deciding blow.

Leake (12-11, 4.38) is 3-3 since joining Arizona at the trade deadline and has made five straight quality starts, the most recent a 5-4 victory over Miami on Sept. 18, when he gave up two bases-empty homers.

He has given up a major league-high 40 homers, one more than Detroit's Matthew Boyd. Baltimore's Dylan Bundy gave up 41 last season, the most since Cincinnati's Bronson Arroyo gave up 46 in 2011. James Shields gave up 40 in 2016, and no other pitcher has given up as many as 40 since 2005.

"For me, they are more of taking chances at this point," Leake said of the homers. "Kind of learning and still continuing to grow, if that makes sense. The home runs are chance pitches that are not quite getting where they are supposed to get."

Leake spent 2016-17 with St. Louis, where he was 16-24 with a 4.46 ERA. He pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on July 3 when he was with Seattle, and he is 5-7 with a 4.11 ERA against them in 18 career games, including 17 starts.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 24, 2019

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